Dev Jaiswal

Hi! I am Dev Jaiswal. I tied for fourth place in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Hi everyone! My name is Dev Jaiswal and I am a current sophomore. I began participating in spelling bees in the fourth grade. I qualified for the National Spelling Bee for the first time as a fifth-grader in 2012, placing 51st. I got second in the state bee in 2013, therefore not qualifying for the National Spelling Bee that year. I worked hard my seventh grade year, but I got out in the state bee again. Afterwards, without the help of any coach, I began to study extremely hard for my 8th grade year, my last year of eligibility. I won the state bee in 2015 and was so happy that I had made it back to Nationals. Bee Week was full of meeting old friends from 2012, making new friends, and plenty of surprises. I got a perfect score on the Preliminaries Test and had the highest overall test score going into the finals. I ended up tying for fourth place, a rank that completely took me and my family by surprise. My hard work paid off in more ways than I could have imagined. The spelling bee is a truly worthwhile endeavor that has impacted my life immensely. Best of luck to you as you prepare for your own spelling bee journey!



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3/1/2017 8:05:11 PM,
Dev Jaiswal replied:

The Scripps National Spelling Bee impacted my life in many ways. It taught me how to work hard, persevere, and dedicate myself to something that I love. I learned how to think quickly under pressure and to always believe in myself.  Most importantly, I learned that one should be happy and humble no matter what happens, even if you are not that one lucky individual who holds the trophy at the end. Throughout my spelling bee journey, I was also able to meet so many people and forge so many lifelong friendships. I got to meet kids who have many of the same interests that I do, and we keep in touch today through social media and group messages. My spelling bee experiences are some of my fondest memories, and there is no way to express how grateful I am that I had the opportunity to participate in the Bee.

-Dev Jaiswal